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Village of Varenna

The Village of Varenna is divided into a grid of streets that steeply slope down towards Lake Como.

Where
Lago di Como (LC)
Contacts
+39 0341 830119
Official site
Infopoint
Infopoint Varenna
Via IV Novembre, 7
+ 39 0341 830367

The Village of Varenna is divided into a grid of streets that steeply slope down towards Lake Como, where the houses are reflected in the water.

Of prehistoric origins (remains of the Gallo-Romans have been discovered here), Varenna achieved its communal independence in the Middle Ages. During the ten year war the village fought against Como and formed an allegiance with Comacina Island, offering shelter to the island's refugees after it was destroyed. Even then, Varenna was famous for its black and white marble.

The Parish Church of San Giorgio, whose façade is adorned with a large fresco of St. Christopher, is a three-aisled basilica, consecrated in 1313. The most precious work contained therein is the Deposition from the Cross in coloured stone. Not far from the church of San Giorgio, on Via IV Novembre, you can see the entrance to the neoclassical Villa Isimbrandi, also referred to as Villa dei Cipressi (now Hotel Villa Cipressi) with a garden and terraces connected by a staircase with plants of rare beauty and important botanical species.

Slightly further ahead you will find the entrance to Villa Monastero (the Monastery Villa) a name that reflects the building's original use as a spiritual retreat for the Cistercian nuns of St. Mary Magdalene. Among the villa's sculptures, be sure to look out for the work entitled the Clemency of Titus, the last unfinished work by G.B. Comolli (1830).

For those interested in taking a side trip, visit the nearby village of Fiumelatte (river of milk), named for the white foam of the seasonal stream that flows only in the spring from a cave and spills into Lake Como a short distance ahead.


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Places

Church of San Giorgio

  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di San Giorgio Varenna
38 mt

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie
51 mt

Church of San Giovanni Battista

Discover the oldest church in Varenna, one of the first built on Lake Como when Christianity was beginning to spread.
  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista Varenna
51 mt

Ornithology and Natural Science Civic Museum "Luigi Scanagatta"

Ornithology and Natural Science Civic Museum "Luigi Scanagatta"
90 mt

Villa Cipressi

  • Parks
Villa Cipressi Varenna
112 mt

Villa Monastero

Villa Monastero is one of Varenna’s best-known landmarks. It's now a museum showcasing a collection of items left by its owners
  • Art & Culture
Villa Monastero, Varenna
197 mt

Vezio Castle

Ancient medieval fortress overlooking Varenna, surrounded by a centuries-old olive grove, with a breathtaking view over Lake Como.
  • Art & Culture
Castello di Vezio Varenna
248 mt

Fiumelatte

In Varenna, discover the shortest river of Italy and visit its source surrounded by nature.
  • Active & Green
Fiumelatte Varenna
1.87 km

Villa serbelloni

In the village of Bellagio, "the pearl of Lake Como", is home to one of the most evocative historical residences of the Lario
  • Art & Culture
Villa Serbelloni
2.95 km

Lido of Lake Como

Relax and comfort on Lake Como during the summer
  • Lakes
lettino lido lago como
3.46 km

Walking tour through Menaggio

Historical itinerary along the main sites of the town
  • Art & Culture
Piazza Garibaldi
3.62 km

Church of S. Marta

  • Art & Culture
Church of S. Marta
3.63 km

Centre and lakeside of Menaggio

  • Villages
Centre and lakeside of Menaggio
3.66 km

Monument to the silk weaver

  • Art & Culture
Monumento alla Tessitrice
3.68 km

Itinerario a quiz per Menaggio

  • Art & Culture
medieval sculpture
3.68 km

Villa mylius vigoni

Rich of suggestions, memories and ancient trees, the park of Villa Vigoni is one of the best preserved romantic gardens in Lombardy
  • Art & Culture
Villa Mylius Vigoni
3.68 km

Parish church of S. Stefano

  • Art & Culture
S. Stefano
3.73 km

By bike from Menaggio to Porlezza

  • Cycle Tourism
The cycle track Menaggio - Porlezza
3.74 km

Orrido di Bellano

The strength of the nature sculpts the rocks
  • Active & Green
orrido bellano lago como
3.94 km

Bellano's ravine

The creek Pioverna flows thunderous among the rocks and welcomes you with the Bellano’s ravine.
  • Art & Culture
Bellano's ravine
3.97 km

Events

Villa Balbianello reopens for 2019

Via Guido Monzino, 1 Tremezzo (CO)
15/03/2019 - 06/01/2020
  • Art & Culture
Villa Balbianello reopens for 2019
8.02 km

Autumn in Valvarrone

Vestreno di Valvarrone (LC)
24/11/2019
  • Active & Green
Autumn in Valvarrone
8.57 km

Activities

Cruise & Dinner from Varenna

  • Lakes
Cruise & Dinner from Varenna
134 mt

Villas of Lake Como boat tour with food tasting

  • Art & Culture
Villas of Lake Como boat tour with food tasting
407 mt

Villas and Flavors of Lake Como

  • Lakes
Villas and Flavors of Lake Como
415 mt

Let's taste Como Lake

  • Active & Green
Let's taste Como Lake
2.37 km

Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide

  • Food & Wine
Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide
3.06 km

Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como

  • Active & Green
Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como
3.27 km

Tour di Lezzeno e del Ponte del Diavolo

  • Art & Culture
Tour di Lezzeno e del Ponte del Diavolo
6.96 km

Cook with us - Lake Como

  • Food & Wine
Cook with us - Lake Como
11.23 km

In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como

  • Active & Green
In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como
13.34 km

Where to sleep

CAV 1 DI FULVIA MELESI

Varenna
CAV 1 DI FULVIA MELESI
23 mt

DEL SOLE

Varenna
DEL SOLE
23 mt

B&B VILLA ELENA

Varenna
B&B VILLA ELENA
23 mt

ROYAL VICTORIA

Varenna
ROYAL VICTORIA
28 mt

CAV REGINELLA APARTMENT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV REGINELLA APARTMENT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
32 mt

B&B CASA STACY

Varenna
B&B CASA STACY
36 mt

CAV CASA RIVA DI ORIZZONTI DI VARENNA SAS DI GIORGIO LANFRANCONI & C.

Varenna
CAV CASA RIVA DI ORIZZONTI DI VARENNA SAS DI GIORGIO LANFRANCONI & C.
41 mt

CASA CONTRADA BELLA

Varenna
CASA CONTRADA BELLA
44 mt

B&B LA CHIAVE DI VOLTA

Varenna
B&B LA CHIAVE DI VOLTA
47 mt

CAV CASA GIADA - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV CASA GIADA - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
52 mt

B&B DIVINA VITA

Varenna
B&B DIVINA VITA
59 mt

CAV MARIA'S HOUSE DI MARIA GADDI

Varenna
CAV MARIA'S HOUSE DI MARIA GADDI
62 mt

CASA 3 ARCHI - RESIDENCE DELL'ARCO

Varenna
CASA 3 ARCHI - RESIDENCE DELL'ARCO
62 mt

CAV CASA AL PRATO DI VALDIMELLO S.R.L.

Varenna
CAV CASA AL PRATO DI VALDIMELLO S.R.L.
72 mt

B&B DELLA CONTRADA DEL PRATO

Varenna
B&B DELLA CONTRADA DEL PRATO
72 mt

CAV SWEET SQUARE FLAT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV SWEET SQUARE FLAT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
72 mt

MILANO DIPENDENZA CASA ROSSA

Varenna
MILANO DIPENDENZA CASA ROSSA
92 mt

MILANO

Varenna
MILANO
92 mt

CAV CASA DEL TIGLIO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV CASA DEL TIGLIO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
95 mt

CAV LA CASA DI LUCIA - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV LA CASA DI LUCIA - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
95 mt